And while this final installment of bestpracticelife.wordpress.com won’t rank with the finales for M*A*S*H, Mad Men or Breaking Bad with the masses, I know it will remain a memorable moment in my life.
When I began this blog in August, 2014 I did so with two goals:
- For one year, provide insight into the best practices that definitively assist in living a more rewarding and fulfilling life to anyone willing to read.
- Make a positive impact on at least one person’s life.
Well, it’s been one year and with 72 followers and countless positive comments, I can safely assume that at least one of my posts has been utilized successfully.
So, with my goals achieved, I realize now is the best time to embark on another journey. Considering how often I’ve mentioned the necessity of having a clear end game for any goal you pursue, I’d be a hypocrite if I continued.
With that said, I will leave you with what I believe to be the most important best life practice.
Ask 10 people the key to a successful life and you’ll probably receive 10 different answers. I’ve thought a lot about this idea and truly believe the answer is:
“We must have complete control over our future through the decisions we make.”
Who enjoys life more? The person living in a mansion overlooking the ocean, brand-new sports car in the garage, the latest fashion to wear and a limitless bank account, but whose every move and access to this wealth is determined by a controlling partner.
The blue-collar worker, scraping by to pay the rent and hoping his car doesn’t break down each day, but who has the freedom to go where he pleases whenever he wants.
I’ll take the latter every time, because he has the power of decision to change his life for the better at any and every moment.
Without the ability to determine our own lives, we’re merely puppets on a string controlled by outside influences. When we remain masters of our future, all it takes is a definitive decision to chart a new course for our lives. And if the results aren’t want we want, we have the ability to change them at any time.
My course now heads off shore as I begin my goal of earning a sailboat captain’s license. I mentioned at the bottom of every blog that my ultimate life includes working remotely from the deck of my boat as my wife and I cruise the Caribbean. I’m waiting no longer to begin.
Best of luck to all who read this and remember that positive lasting life change can happen in an instant, but only when you’ll no longer accept your current situation.
Make today better than yesterday, but not as great as tomorrow!